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Letter to an unhappy painting

This month's stream movie: Sara Broos' Reflections is a picturesque portrait of the director's artist mother, and thematizes both the deep connections and the painful fences family relationships often feature.

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During a stay at a Latvian spa where mother and daughter were alone for the first time, their daughter was struck by how little they had to say to each other, how enclosed they were in each of their universes. Most exchanges took place because the mother took pictures of her daughter in different poses, which had been going on throughout her daughter's life: She and the two sisters often modeled for the mother, and figure in much of her artistic production. After the silent spa break, her daughter, director Sara Broos, decided to make a documentary to get closer to her mother, the renowned Swedish painter Karin Broos.

Introvert. The film is Broos' third documentary of feature film length, and consists of clips from the director's childhood, interviews and tableaux of the family from the present, and pictures and clips of her mother's wild teenage years in Malmö in the 1960s, when she experimented with drugs, had eating disorders and « sought confirmation from men ». Broos says that as a child she wrote letters to her mother's paintings to understand why they were so unhappy. The documentary form can to a certain extent be compared to a letter: Both are created at one time, and arrive at the recipient somewhat later through a time jump that entails distance, but also room for reflection.

In the documentary For you naked (2012) follows Broos' godfather Lars Lerin in his attempt to find love with a Brazilian he meets via a contact ad. Lerin is also a highly acclaimed Swedish artist, best known for his watercolors, and is plagued by social issues. . .

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